Future's so bright its time to wear shades

Trawling through Computerworld's IT Salary Survey results this week was a bit like looking directly at the sun.

The results recorded such a bright outlook I had to wear shades.

If you thought part one of the survey results were optimistic, then part two shows an IT industry that is positively ecstatic!

It will leave you in no doubt that there is an upswing in the IT job market.

The gloom of the past is all but forgotten with the results painting a gleeful picture of job satisfaction, stability and enthusiasm.

But what's not to love? A romance with technology doesn't fade quickly and last week's Demofall conference was a reminder of why this affection holds true.

The myriad future technologies on display saw a multitude of hopefuls all vying to provide the next industry-changing innovation.

BriteSoft demonstrated its system for configuring applications rather than coding them. With $400 billion spent annually on software development, it's no surprise that the idea of codeless application development won over the crowd.

Fazel Naghshineh, CEO of BriteSoft, said code-centric development is a real problem, with developers having to choose from a multitude of coding platforms such as Java or Hibernate. BriteSoft, however, offers its BriteWorks system in which templates, a drag-and-drop paradigm, and an objects library are used to assemble applications quickly.

"You can develop applications without writing a single line of code," Naghshineh boasted.

For those that like to see technology applied to the finer things in life, NEC System Technologies in Japan has created a robot that identifies dozens of wines, cheese and hors d'oeuvres. The robot sommelier describes the wine, such as a full-bodied shiraz, and selects a cheese to go with it.

The green-and-white, two-foot tall prototype has eyes, a head that swivels and a mouth that lights up whenever the robot talks.

After identifying the wine, the robot names the brand, adds a comment or two on the taste, and suggests the best food.

It can also warn the owner of possible health issues if the food is too fatty or salty. However, the robot is expensive. NEC says it costs about as much as a new car.

What's your favourite technology? E-mail sandra_rossi@idg.com.au

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